Previous Article Next Article Flexibility key to cutting absenteeismOn 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Flexible working reduces staff absenteeism, according to Industrial Societyresearch. Many of the 300 HR professionals surveyed in Managing Attendance claim thatthe reduction in staff absence is due to the introduction of flexible workinghours, annual leave and home-working practices. The rate of absence has fallen from eight days per employee, per year to 6.5days over the past 18 months. Fifty-five per cent of HR respondents claim more flexible working hours hassignificantly helped with the problem, and nearly half claim flexible annualleave has been important. Forty per cent also believe that home working hashelped. The survey shows that employers are improving their absence monitoring too,although they are not measuring its cost. Four out of 10 companies report all absences, and a third report nine out of10 of all time taken off work – an increase of 8 per cent in reporting since1999. Over 60 per cent of HR professionals cite motivation and return-to-workinterviews as the best way of managing attendance. Theo Blackwell, policy specialist at the Industrial Society, said, “Absenteeismhits productivity and morale in organisations. Firms should regularly examinethe cause of absence and take appropriate action. “This report provides even more evidence of the business case forflexible working. According to HR professionals, more flexibility seems toequal less time of sick and a healthier, happier and more loyalworkforce.” www.indsoc.co.uk Comments are closed.